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First printed in
The Morning News
May 5, 2005


Dr. Jerry Stirman dies at home on the McKown family farm in Atoka, Oklahoma

ATOKA, Okla. -- Dr. Jerry Stirman, 80, of Atoka died April 28, 2005, at his home. He was born Oct. 13, 1924, in Dallas, Texas.

He was married to Cora "Kandi" McKown, a former professor at the University of Arkansas. He earned his M.D. from the University of Texas Medical School in Galveston at age 23 and was certified in surgery when he was 27. He joined the faculty of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, doing surgical research, teaching and treating patients. He was a veteran of the Korean War, serving as a surgical burn specialist at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas. He was among the four doctors who did the research to end the use of whole blood in transfusions. Their research led to the development of Ringers Lactate solution, which is used worldwide today.

Later, he entered private practice in Lubbock, Texas. He joined the Creiger Clinic where he helped establish the kidney dialysis center and the critical care unit at Methodist Hospital.

Survivors include his wife, Cora "Kandi" McKown; his children, Jerretta Stirman Walker of Austin, Texas, Kelly and wife Shannon Stirman of Menlo Park, Calif., Suzette and Michael Hicks of Mesquite, Texas, Lisa and Mark Roberts of Dallas, Dr. Montgomery and Rebecca Stirman of Kingsport, Tenn., and Dr. Jerry and Linda Stirman of Raleigh, N.C.; nine grandchildren; one great-granddaughter.

A memorial service will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday at the First United Methodist in Atoka. Memorials in honor of his mother may be made to the Lela Hamilton Bulloch Fund at Marvin Methodist Church at 300 West Erwin in Tyler, Texas 75702, or to the Library Fund, Development Office, UT Medical School, 301 University, Galveston, Texas 77555.


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